International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs)
An international capacity building workshop on 'Policy
Trends, Growth Patterns and Distributional Outcomes
under Globalisation', was held between 21-24th of
August, 2006, at Shanghai, China in local collaboration
with the Shanghai Administrative Institute (SAI),
Shanghai, China at the institute premises. The workshop
was meant for young economists who are either finishing
Ph.D or have finished Ph.ds, as well others concerned
with development in the field of policy making and/or
advocacy. The workshop covered about 45 such scholars,
taking full care of all expenses.
This workshop placed special emphasis on young Chinese
scholars by including as many as 24 of them, in order
to familiarize them with the emerging problems that
the developing world is facing in the era of globalization,
in spite of some of them (including China) recording
high rates of growth. Young participants from Tsinghua
University, Renmin University, Chinese Academy of
Social Sciences, China Academy of Science, Chinese
Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing Normal University,
all from Beijing attended the workshop as well as
scholars from Fudan University, Shanghai, Sun Yat
Sen University, Nanjing University of Economics and
Finances, Gansu Academy of Social Science, Shanghai
University of Finance and Economics.
Other participants from the rest of the world came
from University of Rome, Italy, Western University,
Baku, Azerbaijan, Federal University of Pará,
and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, both from
Brazil, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India , the Centre
de Sciences Humaines, India, Indian Statistical Institute,
Kolkata, India, University of Piemonte Orientale,
Italy, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya, African
Institute for Applied Economics, Nigeria, University
of Sargodha, Pakistan, Hindu College, University of
Delhi, India, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines,
Regional Administration and Local Government (PMO-RALG)
at the Prime Minister's Office, Tanzania, Chulalongkorn
University, Thailand, University of Cambridge, UK,
and ILO, Switzerland.
The instructors for the workshop as well as the speakers
were drawn from noted economists across the world
who belong to the IDEAs network and share similar
but still different outlooks on the issues of economic
development and have worked on the field of inequality
and its many dimensions from various micro and macro
perspectives. It was the objective of the workshop
to acquaint the participants with a diverse range
of case studies and policy perspectives, and therefore
the instructors' panel was drawn based on their ability
to contribute a well informed and a wide variety of
Over the four days of the workshop, eleven instructors
from India, Malaysia, Mexico, Italy, Argentina, China,
Thailand, Brazil and Ghana took lectures combined
with question, answer sessions. There were three such
one and half hour sessions each of the four days.
There was also active interaction from the young participants
in the form of the two hour participants' session
each day where the participants presented their own
work and received comments from the instructors as
well as co-participants. On the last day, there was
a wrapping up session where participants and instructors
were invited to present their suggestions on the content
and organization of the workshop, on the issues it
raised and the broader development context of the
Given below is the list of instructors with their
current affiliations along with the titles of their
• C P Chandrasekhar, Professor, Centre for Economic
Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi, India, and is also a member of the Executive
Committee of IDEAs: 'The Political Economy of Global
Macroeconomic Imbalances (I & II)'
• Andong Zhu, Assistant Professor, School of Humanities
and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing,
China: 'Growth and Inequality in the Neoliberal Era
and Three Unsustainable Trends in the World Economy'
• Giovanni Andrea Cornia, Professor, Department of
Economics, University of Florence, Italy: 'Can Macroeconomic
Policy Reduce Poverty?'
• Jomo KS, Assistant Secretary General for Economic
Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs
(DESA), The United Nations, New York, USA: 'Globalization,
World Inequality and Asian Growth'
• Franklin Serrano, Professor, Department of Economics,
Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro ( Federal University
of Rio De Janeiro ), Brazil: 'Global Trade Patterns
and Their Implications'
• Jayati Ghosh, Professor, Centre for Economic Studies
and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi,
India, who is also the Executive Secretary of IDEAs:
'Employment Generation under Globalisation'
• Francis Cripps, Alphametrics Ltd, Bangkok, Thailand:
'Growth and Distribution in the World Economy'
• Charles Abugre , Head of Policy and Advocacy, Christian
Aid, UK, (from Ghana): 'Africa: Inequality in Stagnation'
• Juan Carlos Moreno-Brid, Senior Economic Affairs
Officer, Economic Commission for Latin America and
the Caribbean (ECLAC), United Nations: 'Growth, Poverty
and Distribution: the Latin American Experience'
• Saul Keifman, Professor, Department of Economics,
University of Buenes Aires, Argentina: 'On the Political
Economy of Monetary Policy'
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